- May 1st, 2014
The FDA’s recommendation for adults is 2,400 mg of sodium per day or less—the equivalent of a teaspoon of table salt. If a food has 5 percent or less of your daily sodium, it’s a low-sodium food. If it has 20 percent or greater, it is high in sodium.
75% of sodium in the American diet comes from packages and restaurant foods
- August 1st, 2012
WHAT it is: Potassium is an essential mineral, found in every cell, that the body needs to function properly. So what does it do in each cell? Potassium is an electrolyte—that is, it moves electricity within the body (which is needed by the heart, kidneys, nerves, and muscles) to adequately function.
BenefitsFind out what potassium is and why your body needs it.
- November 1st, 2010
All the rage in the UK and New Zealand, a new superfruit is coming to America. Small, glossy black currants pack potassium, copper, calcium, iron, vitamins E and B6, and soluble fiber, along with three times the vitamin C of oranges. These shrub berries even contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a depression-fighting omega-6 essential fatty acid.by Wendy McMillan
- May 1st, 2010
Although the term fiddlehead describes all coiled ferns as they break through the soil, unfurled ostrich ferns are the type we most often eat. With a flavor that resembles artichokes, asparagus, and mushrooms, fiddleheads are packed with niacin, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A, which promotes healthy eyes and immune systems.By Matthew Kadey, RD
- March 1st, 2009
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but if you want to avoid the cardiologist, reach for a banana. Research presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in November linked low dietary potassium with high blood pressure in an analysis of more than 3,300 people.By Beth Bence Reinke
- February 1st, 2008
Any man who’s gone through it will tell you that passing a kidney stone is the male equivalent of giving birth. In other words, it really, really hurts. Stones—ranging in size from a grain of sand to a small plum—form in the kidneys, when minerals and other substances in the urine aggregate.
By Lisa Turner